Six months in jail for motorists driving with earphones – FRSC

Six months in jail for motorists driving with earphones – FRSC

It is illegal to make or receive calls while driving with AirPods, EarPods or any form of wired or wireless earphones and handsfree, says the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

According to the FRSC, drivers who make or receive calls behind the wheels, risk six months in jail.

This was disclosed by Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH.

Driving requires total concentration and road users should not take any risk on their lives, Kazeem said.

It is illegal to make or receive calls while driving, according to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012.

The Corps Public Education Officer said, “It is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation.

“It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means.

“It is also clear that phone call is not restricted to telephone conversation between two or more people.

“Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction.

“The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette (while driving) can distract you and result to accident.”

Author: Greg